Preserve & Protect Rhode Island’s Native Plants & Their Habitats

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Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

Well worth seeing…..

Together for the first time: original paintings of Cat Swamp plants by Edward Peckham from the Rhode Island Historical Society, and corresponding specimens from the Brown University Herbarium, collected by William Bailey and others. The exhibit showcases the rich history of art and science in Providence and we hope it provokes you to consider the consequences of environmental change on local biodiversity. 

RIWPS Annual Meeting & Lecture

March 30, 2019

The Memory of Trees & Insights on the Ecology of Forests

by Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest


Save the Dates:  May 11 | June 8

RIWPS NATIVE PLANT SALES

Upcoming Events

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Tour Brown University Herbarium

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Annual Meeting & Lecture

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Recent RIWPS News

The art and skill of botanical illustration

On March 16, Amy Bartlett Wright led a class in Botanical Illustration in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "Entwined: Botany, Art and the Lost Cat Swamp Habitat at the John Hay Library, Brown University. Take a look!

“Yes, I will take families and children on walks in the winter!"

Winter is a great time to be outside with Becky Settje RWIPS Family walk leader. On February 20, Becky Settje organized a nature walk and activities for families at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge for Bridgepointe Christian Church, East Providence.

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.